Horticulture Highlight Walk: 1 - 2 p.m. Dec. 19, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Members of the professional horticulture staff lead a walk through the gardens to point out plants of interest and share seasonally relevant gardening tips. Free with general admission. www.dsbg.org 704-825-4490
Track Trails - Birds of the Piedmont: 1 - 2 p.m., Dec. 19, McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. Take a guided nature hike to identify birds using a Birds of the Piedmont Guide provided. 1.2 mile hike. Registration: www.parkandrec.com 704-588-5224
Wild Animal Care Behind-the-Scenes: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Dec. 26, McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. Assist staff in providing daily care for the animals. Feed, water, clean and care for turtles, snakes and other critters. Get up close and personal with your favorite animals. Registration: www.parkandrec.com 704-588-5224
Family Winter Hike: 3 - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26, McDowell Nature Center. Join a naturalist on a 1.5- to 2-mile hike over uneven terrain to discover the preserve treasures in the winter months. Free, age 8 and older. Register www.parkandrec.com or 704-588-5224.
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